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7 Document(s) [ Subject: River authorities ]

Committee: Senate Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Addicks Reservoir | Agriculture | Barker Reservoir | Dams and levees | Emergency communications | Emergency management | Environmental permits | Environmental Quality, Texas Commission on | Flood control | Flooding | Groundwater | Groundwater conservation districts | Occupational licenses | Rain and rainfall | Reservoirs | River authorities | Texas State Water Plan | Water rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.85 Ag86r
Session: 85th R.S. (2017)
Online version: View report [36 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and make recommendations on how to move forward with water infrastructure projects in the State Water Plan that will help mitigate floods through flood control, diversion, and storage projects. Evaluate plans for a possible third reservoir in addition to Addicks and Barker to control and alleviate additional flooding in the region. Additionally, review the current status of reservoir projects in Texas. Examine opportunities for coordination between federal and state agencies to develop flood mitigation infrastructure, and the ongoing maintenance and restoration of critical dam infrastructure.
2. Study and identify ways to improve the capacity and maintain the structure of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs. Report on mechanisms that would ensure the public has access to timely and transparent release figures from reservoirs across the state.
3. Evaluate current state data-sharing standards for rainfall and stream gauges and whether regional flood management projects and flood warnings should be hosted in a centralized location, such as a state agency web page. Determine whether a statewide real-time flood warning system could be developed and coordinated through mobile devices, TxDOT electronic signage, communication devices and whether existing local and regional forecasting infrastructure could be integrated into a centralized inclement weather forecasting system.
4. Streamlining Water Permitting: Study and recommend changes that promote streamlining of water right permit issuance and the amendment process by the TCEQ for surface water, and that promote uniform and streamline permitting by groundwater conservation districts for groundwater. Evaluate more transparent process needs and proper valuation of water.
5. Regulatory Framework of Groundwater Conservation Districts and River Authorities: Study and make recommendations on the regulatory framework for managing groundwater in Texas to ensure that private property rights are being sufficiently protected. Study the role of river authorities and groundwater conservation districts including the state's oversight role of their operations and fees imposed.
6. Agricultural Fees: Review licensing, permitting, or registration requirements and fees imposed on the agriculture industry by licensing agencies within the committee's jurisdiction. Make recommendations for state licenses and fees that should be reduced, repealed or transitioned to private-sector enforcement.
7. Monitoring: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs during the 85th Legislature, Regular Session, including, but not limited to: • SB 1511 (prioritization in the regional water plan); • SB 1538 (Floodplain Management Account uses); • SB 864 (GCD application of state water); • HB 2004 (Texas economic development fund for TDA); and • HB 3433 (adoption of rules affecting rural communities. Make recommendations for any legislative improvements needed to improve, enhance, or complete implementation including regional water planning, flood planning, and groundwater production.)
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report - River Authorities
Subjects: River authorities |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 N219r
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [14 pages  File size: 384 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Review all state-created river authorities, including the powers exercised by each authority and the advisability of subjecting these authorities to legislative review. Consider options for ensuring adequate protection of public assets, improving transparency of operations, enhancing appropriate access to financial and management records, and authorizing audits by the State Auditor's office.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: River authorities
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : missions and roles of Texas river authorities.
Subjects: River authorities | Rivers | Water planning | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219r
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [94 pages  File size: 3,420 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Review the missions and roles of all Texas river authorities, including their powers and duties, financing, fee structures, service areas, board composition, relationships with other river authorities, competition with private sector service providers, communities they serve, and roles in and contributions to the state's water plan.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report - River authority surveys
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : missions and roles of Texas river authorities.
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219r surveys
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Committee: Joint Water District and River Authority
Title: Interim Report - Volume I
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 70th Texas Legislature / Water District and River Authority Study Committee.
Subjects: River authorities | Water districts | Water planning |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 w291r 1
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [142 pages  File size: 4,285 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study the various water districts and river authorities created under the Texas Constitution to determine if their powers and duties are appropriate for the management of the state's water resources and to determine if the state's role relative to the creation and operation of these authorities should be changed.
2. The report should include findings and supporting data relating to whether the legislature should make water districts and river authorities more accountable to the state, and if the state should be more involved in the creation and operation of these authorities.
Committee: Joint Water District and River Authority
Title: Interim Report - Volume II
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 70th Texas Legislature / Water District and River Authority Study Committee.
Subjects: River authorities | Water districts | Water planning |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 w291r 2
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [552 pages  File size: 27,623 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study the various water districts and river authorities created under the Texas Constitution to determine if their powers and duties are appropriate for the management of the state's water resources and to determine if the state's role relative to the creation and operation of these authorities should be changed.
2. The report should include findings and supporting data relating to whether the legislature should make water districts and river authorities more accountable to the state, and if the state should be more involved in the creation and operation of these authorities.
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Texas House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee : a report to the House of Representatives, 68th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Federal funds | Groundwater pollution | Natural gas industry | Oil industry | Ports | River authorities | Special taxing districts | Water quality management |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 n219h
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [49 pages  File size: 1,638 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the need to modify the authority of Navigation Districts to permit the sale of or installment sale of publicly financed facilities to private entities.
2. Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 67th Regular Session of the Legislature. In addition, a study should be made of the impact of any federal cuts, and the differences in the operational aspect of the agencies under block vs. categorical grants. Close scrutiny should be given to each agency to ascertain if legislative intent is being carried out in the rules promulgated by the agency and if the rules are feasible and practical in their application. These agencies include: Texas Coastal and Marine Council Department of Water Resources Texas Water Well Drillers Board
3. Study the potential development of and problems associated with divided river authorities and the advisability of having one river authority covering the entire basin.
4. Study the salt water injection/recovery procedure that is presently being used across the State, especially in the West Texas area and in particular to determine what extent freshwater supplies are being contaminated with salt water as a result of procedures presently being used.

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